The signs of climate change are starting to manifest all over the world, and the need to reduce carbon emissions is more pressing than ever. Such a large problem can seem insurmountable, but there are real steps everyone can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
To reduce carbon emissions, Mercer Foods installed new technology in our boiler system, reducing our total emissions by 85 percent. It is possible to make impactful changes on a personal level too. Read on to find out how.
Find alternatives to driving
This is a major opportunity for reducing your personal carbon footprint, as vehicular travel can be one of the biggest contributors. It is not necessary to avoid driving completely, but taking one or two days out of the week to bike or ride the bus to work means one less car on the road and less energy burned.
When you do drive your car, avoid speeding. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, avoiding aggressive driving can improve gas mileage by 33 percent. That is a win-win for the planet and your wallet.
Energy use at home
There are all sorts of improvements that can make a home far more energy-friendly, from big to small. Making sure all the lights are turned off when leaving the houses is a great start, and then build your energy conservation from there. Install a smart thermostat to monitor heat or AC from your smartphone when nobody is home. If you can bear it, allowing for a little bit warmer or colder home can save a lot in carbon emissions.
Finally, there are bigger additions, like investing in Energy Star approved appliances or making sure the home is well insulated and properly sealed. Finally, make like Mercer Foods and spring for some solar panels. We did and haven’t looked back.
Diversify your table
Nearly 13 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from food. That is no small number. According to a study of agriculture, beef production has a greater environmental impact than driving cars. Consider embracing a vegetarian diet on Mondays and add more days as you become accustomed. Eating freeze-dried fruit and vegetables can be a big part of making that shift delicious.
Mercer is committed to sustainable practices, both for our industry and the world as a whole. If you’d like to find out more about what we do to ensure our planet is a healthy place, visit our website, or contact us on Twitter or Facebook.